The purpose of the seminar was to develop a comprehensive set of factors, for use by planners, decisionmakers, and other interested parties, which must be addressed when making decisions regarding vessel size and the related modifications to the Great Lakes-Seaway System. About 50 experts in related fields participated. The seminar was divided into four sessions dealing with the Engineering, Physical, and Port Aspects; Economic and Energy Aspects; Environmental Aspects; and Social Aspects; respectively. After hearing brief presentations on various elements of these aspects, the participants formed small groups to discuss the topics and develop a set of critical factors. These factors took the form of an outline of important questions and considerations. The results of the discussion groups were then combined into a single document. This process was repeated for each session. Session I (Engineering, Physical, and Port Aspects) produced factors relating to vessel design, system design, and port development and facilities. Session II (Economic and Energy Aspects) led to factors relating to energy, employment, and the cost/benefit ration associated with increased vessel size. Session III (Environmental Aspects) produced factors relating to dredging, spills, other environmental damage, and long-term effects. Session IV (Social Aspects) led to factors relating to employment, life style, and politics. The participants felt that these factors were critical to any vessel-size related action. This does not mean that these issues have not been addressed in the past, or that solutions do not exist. The emphasis is on their critical relationship to decisions on vessel sizing.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report represents Summary Proceedings of the seminar held November 1-2, 1977, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Great Lakes Basin Commission

  • Authors:
    • Perkinson, D
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 102 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00180029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Great Lakes Basin Commission
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM